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Outside the meeting Tiberi supporters cried, "Les soviets sont à Paris."

According to Le Parisien's report, Mr. Jean Tiberi will continue his run for re-election as mayor of Paris as a candidate of the 'Divers Droite.'

The RPR's official candidate for the office of Mayor of Paris is Philippe Seguin, who was nominated by the RPR party some time ago. The municipal elections are next spring.

Web Life:

'Web Life' is just as mysterious to me this week as it was last. I think I lack a magpie's mind; to me the 'jewels' remain unspotted - and all I see are annoyances of various sorts.

These include slow loads of massive pages - not forgetting Metropole's own 'Scene' page! - and information organized to be as confusing as possible.

The latest wrinkle is squeezing more out of screen real-estate withphoto: stairwayn maison victor hugo type so small that it doesn't display properly. Anything below a nominal seven-points is unreadable, even if the monitor's screen has very high resolution.

If you can over-ride the page's default type-size by increasing its size, then you blow its layout out the door. For Web sites with 76 items on their 'front' pages, this is not layout but chaos.

The stairway in the Maison de Victor Hugo - without any of his surrealistic touches.

I've seen Metropole on non-standard display units. These show that all the code-guides I've added to hold the layout in place, can be totally over-ridden. The result is headlines 'over there,' captions metres away from their photos and other horrible nonsense.

Behind every web page there is a supposedly 'standard' code, which is called HTML. This is concocted by a worldwide committee; to suit a lowest common denominator which is deemed to be acceptable to all.

It would probably work fine, except that the software wizards who build the browsers we all use think that 'standard' HTML is too restrictive - so all of the browsers treat HTML a little differently.

All I can say is, 'Nice going guys!' Instead of a World Wide Web we have AOL-Wide-Webs, Microsoft-Wide-Webs and an alphabet-soup of other Webs. All that's lacking is the animal crackers.

URLs: You Can Help

Since you are operating from longer distances than I am, you depend more on the Web for your Paris information. If you have good URLs and you are willing to share them with other Metropole readers, send them in and I'll place them in this spot with a 'thankyou' for you.

The first of these 'thankyous' goes to Scott McBride for sending in a map locator for Paris. If you want to know where your hotel is in relation to everything else, just put in its street name and this Web site will turn up a local area map for you pretty quickly.

The maps are clearly readable and show some local shops as well as standard public services such as post offices and métro station locations. What they may lack is an indicator of address numbers, which can be necessary for long streets that traverse two or more arrondissements.

World Wide Poll

From Wednesday, 15. November until Saturday, 18. November, a worldwide poll will be conducted in eight languages, to find out what it is like to be a human being on the eve of the new millennium.

photo: arcades, place vosgesThe poll which is modestly called PlanetProject, has been organized by 3Com, whose president Eric Benhamou wants to know about the haves and have-nots in our electronic age.

More sunlight and shadows under the arcades of the Place des Vosges.

Even with the eight languages, the poll can only reach the half of the world's population that can speak them. Still, it is one of the most ambitious polling projects ever attempted.

This planetary poll will seek to gather some idea of the values and beliefs of the world's population. Poll responses will be analyzed by the Harris Interactive polling organization and I presume some results will be posted on 3Com's Web site sometime after the poll has been concluded.

This seems to be a positive and pioneering project that is only possible because of the existence of the World Wide Web, so I suggest that everyone who considers themselves to be an active member of mankind, take part in it.

French Snoring

If you, like many people in France, snore in French and want to know what you can do about this terrible affliction, tune in your browser to SOS-Ronflement which will inform you of remedies for this 'maladie.' If you don't snore already, but pick it up while on a visit here, this site can also tell you about local 'sleep labs,' where snoring can be treated - presumably while you sleep.

The Unfficial Weather: Now Between Summer and Winter

Météo France is featured again because of extraordinary rains beating against the southern Alps, which are causing widespread damage including the cutting of roads and rail lines. Otherwise this is the official source for France's TV-weather people. If you don't get French TV where you are, you can get the weather from where they get it. Because it is 'official' - meaning: as true as possible - don't expect forecasts to exceed 24 hours.

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